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Fixing Sexist Playlists

By Christine Bauer and Andrés Ferraro/The Conversation

These days, more and more people listen to music on streaming apps - in early 2020, 400 million people were subscribed to one. These platforms use algorithms to recommend music based on listening habits. The recommended songs might feature in new playlists or they might start to play automatically when another playlist has ended.

But what the algorithms recommend is not always fair. In a new study, we showed a widely used recommendation algorithm is more likely to pick music by male than female artists. In response, we've come up with a simple way to give more exposure to female artists.

Continue reading "Fixing Sexist Playlists" »
Posted on April 3, 2021
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Alt-Country Corner

A Musical Soul Food Library

By Don Jacobson
Boinng! My music dork-o-meter just buried the needle!
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Posted on March 1, 2010
Chicago In Song

Chicago In Song: Hobo Hub

By Don Jacobson
If you go by popular song lyrics, there is no one in Chicago who is not a drunken, miserable wreck.
Continue reading "Chicago In Song: Hobo Hub" »
Posted on February 1, 2010
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Tunes To Remedy Any Existential Crisis

By E.K. Mam
Have a pity party, then get ahold of yourself.
Continue reading "Tunes To Remedy Any Existential Crisis" »
Posted on June 24, 2020
Bin Dive

Dave Dudley: Lonelyville

By Don Jacobson
Where the Nashville Sound met a broken heart and Tom T. Hall.
Continue reading "Dave Dudley: Lonelyville" »
Posted on January 20, 2010

Fixing Sexist Playlists

By Christine Bauer and Andrés Ferraro/The Conversation
It's not hard.

Posted on April 3, 2021

You Turn Me On, Again

The Fabulous Turks Are Back, Sort Of
RJ Griffith remakes a sweet tune from his uncle's old Chicago band.

Posted on March 30, 2021

March Morning

By CHIRP Radio
The new normal.

Posted on March 11, 2021

Cops' Santeria Explains Dearth Of Music Commentary On YouTube

By Katharine Trendacosta/Electronic Frontier Foundation
Feel the break.

Posted on February 25, 2021

Why We Love The Bee Gees

By Helen Pridmore/The Conversation
The music's great, but in the end it's all about the falsetto.

Posted on February 6, 2021

Chicago Music Poster History

By Art Design Chicago
Local printmakers discussed the art of music poster-making in Chicago, followed by a workshop with Jay Ryan and Steve Albini.

Posted on December 4, 2020

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